Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8pm — Pickman Hall


(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.


Tickets for Vadym Kholodenko are sold out. This performance is Vadym Kholodenko’s Boston debut and first performance with Celebrity Series.


In June 2013, pianist Vadym Kholodenko became the recipient of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, the young pianist has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA to great critical acclaim. In the 13/14 season he performed throughout the United States in recital and as an orchestral soloist at more than fifty concerts as part of the Cliburn’s top prize, in addition to engagements across Europe, Russia, Asia, and some of the biggest festivals worldwide.


Prior to his Van Cliburn win, Kholodenko played in recital and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Ukraine, Russia, the USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Lithuania and Israel. He has collaborated with many distinguished conductors including Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, Alexander Rudin, Dmitry Liss, Eugeny Bushkov, and Alexander Sladkovskiy. He has also collaborated in concert and on a recording project with violinist Alena Baeva in Japan.


Kholodenko is a dedicated performer of chamber music and, in addition to the Cliburn’s gold medal, he won the competition’s prize for best chamber music performance with César Franck’s piano quintet. Kholodenko arranges music, and his efforts can be heard in his work with pianist Andrey Gugnin. Since 2007 he has been collaborating with Gugnin, subsequently founding the duet iDuo, touring throughout Europe and Russia, and recording together. He has also made other recordings, featuring works by Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Medtner and various contemporary composers. The 13/14 season saw the release of two solo CDs: his first CD for Harmonia Mundi, featuring Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka and Liszt’s Transcendental Études, and his latest CD for Delos, featuring works by Rachmaninov and Medtner’s Night Wind Sonata.


Vadym Kholodenko was born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine. The first musician in his family, in 1994 he enrolled at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special Music School under Prof. Natalia Grydneva and Prof. Borys Fedorov. At the age of just 13, Kholodenko made his first appearances in the USA, China, Hungary, and Croatia. In 2004 Vadym was awarded the Russian Youth National Prize “Triumph” and in 2005 moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire under the tutelage of the Honoured Artist of the USSR, Professor Vera Gornostaeva. In 2011, Kholodenko won the First Prize at the Schubert Piano Competition (Dortmund, Germany) and the 2010 First Prize at the Sendai Piano Competition (Sendai, Japan), preceded by another notable victory at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens, Greece, where he received the Grand Prix. The special Maria Callas’ commemorative concert at the Herod Atticus theatre marked his debut with the “Novaya Rossiya” (“New Russia”) orchestra, led by the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Yuri Bashmet. He has enjoyed an enriching collaboration with Yuri Bashmet and his orchestra since.


Vadym is based in Moscow where he lives with his wife and young daughter.




George Frideric Handel                       Keyboard Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427






Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                 Sonata in A minor, K. 310

Allegro maestoso

Andante cantabile con espressione



Ludwig van Beethoven                        Andante favori in F Major, WoO 57


Claude Debussy                                  Children’s Corner

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

Jimbo’s Lullaby

Serenade for the Doll

The Snow is Dancing

The Little Shepherd

Golliwog’s Cake walk


Claude Debussy                                  Pour le piano





Mily Balakirev                          Islamey (Oriental Fantasy)


About Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger; Donna & Mike Egan; Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda; David & Harriet Griesinger; Paul L. King; The Little Family Foundation; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; Eleanor & Frank Pao; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma; Nancy Richmond Winsten; Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; First Republic Bank; Foley & Lardner; Massachusetts Cultural Council;The Peabody Foundation; PTC; Tufts Health Plan; The D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investment Group, AMO; Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

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